Bangladesh in Zimbabwe ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Zimbabwe v Bangladesh

Zimbabwe won by 5 runs

Zimbabwe haven't won an ODI series against a Test-playing team for the past five years. The last time they did so, in August 2006, they beat Bangladesh 3-2 at home. Firdose Moonda has more in the preview.

9.08 am Bangladesh have won the toss, for the first time in the series, and they will have a bowl. The early morning starts are influencing the captain's decisions; Zimbabwe opted to chase as well in the first two games.

Shakib: "There will be some help for the fast bowlers, we are playing three quicks, hopefully they will capitalise and get some early wickets early on." Ashraful is out, Nafees is out, Razzak is out, lots of changes for Bangladesh. Siddique and Nazmul come in, Shuvagoto Hom makes his debut

Taylor: "We will have to work hard first half hour. It will flatten out, if we put our hands up, no reason why we cannot get 230-250. Our top 4-5 need to bat long. I am hitting the ball well in the nets." Kyle Jarvis in for Ray Price

There is a greenish tinge to the track and Dirk Voljoen says on air that it might move around a bit early on but other than that it is a good batting track, as always.

9.05 am Welcome to our coverage of the last game of this ODI series in Harare, the teams move to Bulawayo after this for the final two matches. It is also the last chance for Bangladesh to remain alive in this series, having comprehensively lost the opening two games.

0.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, going straight on from a length outside off, left alone

0.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, some carry now for Shafiul outside off, holding its line a tad, left alone again

0.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, fullish delivery drawing him forward and across, pushed away to point

0.4

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 1 run, goes on with the angle on to the pads, and he shuffles to tuck it away to long leg

0.5

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, good delivery, holding its line outside off after being angled in on a length, left alone right away

0.6

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, too wide outside off to make him play, lets it go easily

End of over 1 (1 run) Zimbabwe 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
V Sibanda    0* (2b)      Shafiul Islam    1-0-1-0
BRM Taylor    1* (4b)     

Nazmul from the other end

1.1

Nazmul Hossain to Taylor, no run, nippy length delivery first up, hitting him hard on the bat as he shuffles outside his stumps on the off and defends

1.2

Nazmul Hossain to Taylor, no run, bowled full and moving away outside off, too far away to lure him

1.3

Nazmul Hossain to Taylor, 1 leg bye, big shout for lbw, this is good bowling, the one angled in from wide of the crease, Taylor's front foot was plonked forward and he cannot get bat down in time, is struck on the pad with part of leg stump visible, still too much doubt with the angle, looked like going down leg

1.4

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, blocked solidly down the track from around middle and leg

1.5

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, this one comes in from well outside off stump, he gets across, and lets it past

1.6

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, hurrying him in to a firm push towards mid on off the back foot, good opening over from Nazmul

End of over 2 (1 run, maiden) Zimbabwe 2/0 (RR: 1.00)
V Sibanda    0* (5b)      Nazmul Hossain    1-1-0-0
BRM Taylor    1* (7b)      Shafiul Islam    1-0-1-0

2.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, Taylor pushes away from the body, pitched up ball, he stretches towards it but hits it straight to extra cover

2.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, testing delivery coming in a bit with the angle, he shoulders arms and lets it go past

2.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, 3 runs, again he is not quite moving his feet but reaches out to a widish one to push in the gap between cover and point

2.4

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, 1 run, well done, solidly forward, opening the face late and picking up a single to third man

2.5

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, shuffles across, gets behind the line of a length ball angled in, and blocks

2.6

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, touch shortish to hurry him, he is able to defend off the back foot, there hasn't been too much movement so far

End of over 3 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 6/0 (RR: 2.00)
BRM Taylor    4* (12b)      Shafiul Islam    2-0-5-0
V Sibanda    1* (6b)      Nazmul Hossain    1-1-0-0

3.1

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, tries to carve a back of a length ball through covers but hits it in to the ground and it rolls away on the off side

3.2

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, homes in around off from a length, he is deep in the crease and carefully plays it on the leg side

3.3

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, pitched further up, he is hurrying them in to these defensive pushes, Sibanda gets forward and blocks back to the bowler

3.4

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, 3 runs, Sibanda uses his feet against the fast bowler now, he has done that so well against the spinners, walks a couple of steps down the track, and uses the angle on the length ball to work it past midwicket

3.5

Nazmul Hossain to Taylor, no run, getting well forward and pushes a fullish one past the non-striker, good diving stop at mid on saves some runs

3.6

Nazmul Hossain to Taylor, no run, bit of an inside edge as he gets forward to block one angled in

End of over 4 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 9/0 (RR: 2.25)
BRM Taylor    4* (14b)      Nazmul Hossain    2-1-3-0
V Sibanda    4* (10b)      Shafiul Islam    2-0-5-0

4.1

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, short of a length and getting up outside off, he punches forcefully but straight to mid off

4.2

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, comes in with the angle, he watches it closely and lets it go outside off

4.3

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, 1 run, there is no one at gully, Sibanda gets a thick edge as he goes for the drive to a full delivery, and third man fields, would have gone straight to gully

4.4

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, stays beside the line and pushes out a length ball towards point with an open face

4.5

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, gets across and defends one that comes in around off stump

Shakil: "can't understand why Razzak is on side bench, he played well in last two matches." He was given only one over in the second game

4.6

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, pushed back to the bowler off the back foot

End of over 5 (1 run) Zimbabwe 10/0 (RR: 2.00)
BRM Taylor    4* (17b)      Shafiul Islam    3-0-6-0
V Sibanda    5* (13b)      Nazmul Hossain    2-1-3-0

mahmnur: "Shakib will be searching some pride....Three big change shows his intention. So let's see...."

5.1

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, smack! that is driven solidly off the front foot, pitched up delivery and he goes after it, cover is on the edge of the circle and fields

5.2

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, he has bowled well, close to off stump on a fullish length, he shoulders arms in the end

5.3

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, comes walking down the track, Nazmul bowls it a bit shorter and he has to push it towards covers

5.4

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, comes in after pitching, but not full enough to draw him forward, he is content pushing off the back foot

5.5

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, well bowled, opened him up a touch, it was hurled in with the angle, he shaped up to work it down the ground but had to adjust to defend on the off side as it bounced extra

5.6

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, FOUR, fine shot from Sibanda, he has been in superb touch, gets one in the slot, slightly back of a length, and puts it through extra cover off the back foot immediately

End of over 6 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 14/0 (RR: 2.33)
V Sibanda    9* (19b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    3-1-7-0
BRM Taylor    4* (17b)      Shafiul Islam    3-0-6-0

6.1

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, there is TAylor going down on a knee, and cracking the whiplash cut with fast hands, straight to point

6.2

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, no run, crouches and squeezes a length ball towards point

6.3

Shafiul Islam to Taylor, OUT, Taylor has thrown it away, shortish and wide outside off stump, he could have easily left it alone, went hard at it without much foot movement from the crease, and the edge flew straight to slip

BRM Taylor c Junaid Siddique b Shafiul Islam 4 (26m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

6.4

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, Shafiul finds some more zip after that wicket, holding its line after coming in outside off, left alone

6.5

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, even better, hurled in fullish on the stumps, he gets forward and manages to keep it out with bat and pad close together

6.6

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, front foot is already out, he has to adjust to defend a short of a length ball angled in

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 14/1 (RR: 2.00)
H Masakadza    0* (3b)      Shafiul Islam    4-1-6-1
V Sibanda    9* (19b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    3-1-7-0

7.1

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, no run, inside edge on to pad this time, he is a touch late in getting forward, Nazmul has kept hurrying them all morning

7.2

Nazmul Hossain to Sibanda, 1 run, walks down the track, even before the bower has reached the crease, he sees that and bangs it in short, Sibanda swings it down to long leg

7.3

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, shuffles and pushes a shortish one back to the bowler as it comes in with the angle

7.4

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, tries to get some runs, there have been very few loose deliveries, he stays back and whips a back of a length ball, straight to midwicket

7.5

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, again not full enough and not short enough, in-between length, hard to put away without any width, pushed away on the leg side

7.6

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, hits the bat hard from just back of a length as he defends on the off side

End of over 8 (1 run) Zimbabwe 15/1 (RR: 1.87)
H Masakadza    0* (7b)      Nazmul Hossain    4-1-8-0
V Sibanda    10* (21b 1x4)      Shafiul Islam    4-1-6-1

ahmed: "I am quite satisfied with this squad, when nothing is going for you, you need changes and I see some young legs out there. I think the performance of Nasir in last game interested selectors to play with Hom, who has been doing good in domestic cricket. Lets see."

8.1

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, tries to use the angle on this one on the pads but cannot get it past square leg

8.2

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, slower one floated up outside off, he does not go after it and Rahim takes it on the bounce

8.3

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, goes for the blockhole, gets it very full and he squeezes out the drive to mid off

8.4

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, 1 run, well run, gets forward and drops a full delivery in front of mid on, and they go through quickly for the single

8.5

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, 1 run, another single, they need more of this, whipped in front of square leg and they are through by the time midwicket gets there

8.6

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, FOUR, walks down the track, and gets this one away, Shafiul drops it short, and he swings it hard over square leg, he seems to be in control when he does his walking routine, Sibanda, nothing desperate

End of over 9 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 21/1 (RR: 2.33)
V Sibanda    15* (26b 2x4)      Shafiul Islam    5-1-12-1
H Masakadza    1* (8b)      Nazmul Hossain    4-1-8-0

9.1

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, uses the angle to work a length ball from middle but straight to midwicket

9.2

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, 1 wide, slower one gone totally wrong, way down the leg side, he tries to bend the knee and reach out to sweep it around the corner, cannot get to it

9.2

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, again he skips down the track and pushes firmly with all that momentum, bowler does well to get a hand out and stop it

9.3

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, head on top of the length ball as he gets forward and across and blocks towards cover

9.4

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, walks down the track, they are doing it a bit too much now, takes it on the pads as he misses the attempted whip over the leg side

9.5

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, pushes back down the track from the crease

9.6

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, allows it to come on from outside off and has bat close to body as he pushes on the off side

End of over 10 (1 run) Zimbabwe 22/1 (RR: 2.20)
H Masakadza    1* (14b)      Nazmul Hossain    5-1-9-0
V Sibanda    15* (26b 2x4)      Shafiul Islam    5-1-12-1

Rahat: "For the first time in the series, and probably for a long time, Bangladesh opening pair completed first power play! Wow!"

bowling Powerplay taken right away

10.1

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, FOUR, another fine shot from Sibanda, uses the angle on the short ball, is some way outside the crease again as he swivels to pull it over square leg, there are two men in the deep but he has got it well in the gap

10.2

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, Shafiul gets it in the blockhole now outside off stump, dug away to point

10.3

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, stays on the back foot and punches solidly, shot of a man in form, cannot beat the off side infield

10.4

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, FOUR, he will get this one through, too much width from back of a length, and Sibanda cracks it through cover from the crease

10.5

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, played out on the leg side with the angle

10.6

Shafiul Islam to Sibanda, no run, bowled fullish and slower, he is right forward and defends firmly on the off side

End of over 11 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 30/1 (RR: 2.72)
V Sibanda    23* (32b 4x4)      Shafiul Islam    6-1-20-1
H Masakadza    1* (14b)      Nazmul Hossain    5-1-9-0

Hugh: "We keep seeing that Sibanda is the danger man - Bangladesh can't afford to let him get into his stride, or he'll negate the good strangling start they've had."

First change, but it is not a left arm spinner, it is Rubel coming on now

11.1

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, slung from wide of the crease around fullish on middle and leg, good delivery first up, he whips it towards mid on from close to the pad

11.2

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, just trying to stand in the crease and force a length ball through extra cover, nothing shot and he is fortunate not to edge it

11.3

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, better, he gets off strike as Rubel gives him some width to steer to third man

11.4

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, FOUR, edge but goes just over the keeper, short ball moving away from the batsman who stood in the crease to play the pull from well outside off stump, outside edge flew over Rahim who got a glove to it as he leaped but it went over him

11.5

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, short ball, he gets back and punches it to cover

11.6

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, no run, comes forward and forces the ball to midwicket

End of over 12 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 35/1 (RR: 2.91)
V Sibanda    27* (35b 5x4)      Rubel Hossain    1-0-5-0
H Masakadza    2* (17b)      Shafiul Islam    6-1-20-1

12.1

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, shuffles and presses forward to push down the track, but Shafiul stops it in his followthrough and forces the non-striker back in his crease

12.2

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, he has got himself in a position where he feels he has to go after them now, charges down and tries to swing him down the ground, is nowhere to the line of the ball angled in

12.3

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, defended down the track

12.4

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, now he tries to make room and carve him through the off side, beaten again, he is going nowhere, would be better off getting off strike with a single

12.5

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, FOUR, opens the face off a slower one, there is no slip, it would have bounced in front of him anyways, and Masakadza picks up some much-needed runs

12.6

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, adjusts to whip a length ball coming in to midwicket

End of over 13 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 39/1 (RR: 3.00)
H Masakadza    6* (23b 1x4)      Shafiul Islam    7-1-24-1
V Sibanda    27* (35b 5x4)      Rubel Hossain    1-0-5-0

13.1

Rubel Hossain to Sibanda, OUT, they have got the big one, they haven't given anything away today, Sibanda goes for the pull, is in no position as the short ball gets big on him outside off, and the edge comes down on the off side, Kayes reaches to it and finds Shakib settling under the ball, but manages to hold on and then stares at Shakib

V Sibanda c Imrul Kayes b Rubel Hossain 27 (57m 36b 5x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

13.2

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, Rubel gets it to bounce from a length and beats Taibu right away outside off, he has a feel for it away from his body

13.3

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, left alone outside off stump, Rubel bowling a tight length

13.4

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, makes him play with one fired in on the stumps, blocked down the track

13.5

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, takes it on the body as he shuffles to try and work a back of a length ball square on the leg side, misses

13.6

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, pushed with an open face towards covers for a single

End of over 14 (1 run) Zimbabwe 40/2 (RR: 2.85)
T Taibu    1* (5b)      Rubel Hossain    2-0-6-1
H Masakadza    6* (23b 1x4)      Shafiul Islam    7-1-24-1

14.1

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, no run, played out cautiously with an open face towards point from the crease

14.2

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, no run, bowls it in to the pads, Taibu cannot get it past midwicket with an awkward work

14.3

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, no run, pacy delivery angled in and worked straight to midwicket

14.4

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, no run, eases forward to defend a length ball coming in from wide of the crease, Bangladesh have been at them all morning

14.5

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, no run, touch short, and sitting up outside off, he shuffles and defends

14.6

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, no run, gets forward to block a fullish ball around off, end of another tight over

End of over 15 (maiden) Zimbabwe 40/2 (RR: 2.66)
T Taibu    1* (11b)      Shafiul Islam    8-2-24-1
H Masakadza    6* (23b 1x4)      Rubel Hossain    2-0-6-1

manik: "At last BD has understood the condition of zim pitch and today using three fast bowlers. I am not sure why they were using razzak on this type of pitch."

15.1

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, hangs the bat at an angle and guides one climbing outside off down to third man

15.2

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, fullish delivery fired in around middle and off, pushed away to mid on

15.3

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, hitting the bat hard from a length as Taibu defends on the off side, not many free runs today from Bangladesh, Zimbabwe will have to earn them

15.4

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, tries to shuffle across and work with the angle, gets it to square leg

15.5

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, good stop from the bowler, Taibu went forward and pushed a full delivery in the air, Rubel got down quickly to his left as it came back and fielded, neat effort

15.6

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, now he goes past the edge, as Taibu shuffles in the crease and ends up prodding at one back of a length outside off

End of over 16 (1 run) Zimbabwe 41/2 (RR: 2.56)
T Taibu    1* (16b)      Rubel Hossain    3-0-7-1
H Masakadza    7* (24b 1x4)      Shafiul Islam    8-2-24-1

Apu: "Seeing today's match condition, I feel Bangladesh was bit unlucky too. Why do you play a match in a condition where match fate is decided almost on the toss?"

Nazmul to start off after drinks

16.1

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, punches off the back foot but there is a man at short extra cover

16.2

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, tries to stay beside the line and guide a length ball past point, gets it straight to him

16.3

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, still can't get the single, pushes forcefully down to mid on

16.4

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, he stands a long way outside off now, and he opens the face to run a length ball to third man

16.5

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, no run, Taibu walks down the track now, he drops it a touch short, and Taibu has to defend it on the off side

Chip: "Zimbabwe is going too slowly, they will get frustrated and more desperate with time. It is time to up the tempo."

16.6

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, no run, another one finds the fielder, Taibu looks to get a back of a length ball past point but cannot beat the man there

End of over 17 (1 run) Zimbabwe 42/2 (RR: 2.47)
T Taibu    1* (18b)      Nazmul Hossain    6-1-10-0
H Masakadza    8* (28b 1x4)      Rubel Hossain    3-0-7-1

17.1

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, Masakadza is not going anywhere at the moment, he tries to walk down the track and across to play towards midwicket, but the bowler follows him and he has to play it out on the off side in the end

17.2

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, gets the single this time, stands outside off and whips from there to long leg

17.3

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, Taibu goes looking for the single, and gets it, takes a step out of the crease, hops to keep the shortish one down in front of midwicket and comes scampering down the track, Masakadza lumbers across and gets to the other end safely

17.4

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, wide delivery there to be put away, he arches back for the cut but finds point, well then

17.5

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, gets outside the line a touch and swings at a shortish one, gets it backward of square leg

17.6

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, making him get on his toes with some bounce, he drops it in the air on the off side

End of over 18 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 45/2 (RR: 2.50)
T Taibu    2* (20b)      Rubel Hossain    4-0-10-1
H Masakadza    10* (32b 1x4)      Nazmul Hossain    6-1-10-0

Sajib: "It's too early to say anything about today's match. Runs have been dried out so far, but Zimbabwe still have wickets in hand and I think anything over 200 could be a difficult target for Bangladesh."

rahat: "17 overs have gone! still no spin! this is a new Bangladesh, i must say!" Here is some now, Nasir comes on, but wait he is going to bowl seamers!

18.1

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, no run, back of a length around off, pushed down the track

Rahim is standing up

18.2

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, another short of a length ball forced off the back foot down towards long on

18.3

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, steady tight stuff so far, shortish on the stumps, defended off the back foot

18.4

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, FOUR, another shortish one, Taibu makes a lot of room and swings hard, gets it in the air, but mid on cannot get to it with a lunging dive

18.5

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu is targetting the part--timer, again he makes room, goes off side this time, gets around it and smacks it cross-batted past extra cover

18.6

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, pushed away off the back foot

End of over 19 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 54/2 (RR: 2.84)
T Taibu    10* (24b 2x4)      Nasir Hossain    1-0-9-0
H Masakadza    11* (34b 1x4)      Rubel Hossain    4-0-10-1

Sukumar: "The snail pace ZIM innings reminds me of the same issue BD had in the last 2 innings. Its too hard to digest that winning the toss itself makes you win the match half-way and the rest depends on performance of the team. These kind of things should be avoided."

Some issues with the ball, the seam seems to have come off a bit

19.1

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, short, wide, sitting up, he arches back and thumps it wide of sweeper cover

19.2

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu makes room again, bends the knee and has a heave, the fullish one was headed for middle, he gets a lucky inside edge fine on the leg side

19.3

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, more caution this time, in the crease and defending a length ball on the off side

19.4

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, well played, allows a widish one to come on and opens the face to run it to third man

Rakib: "Shakib should try Shuvagoto as a 2nd change bowler, Shuva is a good medium first bowler. and the Zims doesn't know him much. so use this as a secret weapon."

19.5

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, short ball rising high outside off, he thought about having a go at it but then dropped the wrists and allowed it to go past

19.6

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, Masakadza is struggling to put the loose ones away, short and wide outside off stump, he tries to ride the bounce and punch it through covers, but is beaten

End of over 20 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 60/2 (RR: 3.00)
H Masakadza    12* (37b 1x4)      Rubel Hossain    5-0-16-1
T Taibu    15* (27b 3x4)      Nasir Hossain    1-0-9-0

Nasir being persisted with his seamers

20.1

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, chopped from the crease wide of point

20.2

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, FOUR, Masakadza's latest attempt at innovation comes off, walks outside the off stump, and whips a length ball in the air backward of square leg, fine leg is up and he gets the boundary

20.3

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, whoa, he lets the yorker rip, outside off, Masakadza hurriedly jams the bat down on it

20.4

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, dropped, at short extra cover, Taibu gets a life, he went pushing a length ball in the air, it went straight to short extra cover, where it popped out of Hom's hands

20.5

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, pushed away on the off side

20.6

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, FOUR, outside edge, but there is no slip, and Taibu gets a boundary as he looks to force a pitched up delivery outside off

End of over 21 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 70/2 (RR: 3.33)
T Taibu    20* (31b 4x4)      Nasir Hossain    2-0-19-0
H Masakadza    17* (39b 2x4)      Rubel Hossain    5-0-16-1

Mahmudullah comes on for some spin finally

Sajib: "Hey guys, please stop whining about the toss, Zimbabwe is still far away from losing yet. And about previous two matches, it was a lot more about Bangladesh top order batting failure than the morning pitch condition."

21.1

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, 2 runs, whipped with the turn from back of a length towards deep midwicket

21.2

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, 1 run, excellent stop at deep midwicket, he has saved a certain boundary, it was short, flat, angled in, deserved to be put away, he had cracked the pull to the right of the man in the deep who ran to his right and dived to pick up the ball with one hand

21.3

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, pushed through fullish and he gets an edge as he tries to play it on the leg side, rolls away towards short third man

21.4

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, playing for the turn, there is not much, he is pushing them through, goes towards point

21.5

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 2 runs, low full toss around middle, he bends the knee and sweep past a diving square leg

21.6

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, slows it down a bit around off, he pushes it down the track off the front foot

End of over 22 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 75/2 (RR: 3.40)
T Taibu    22* (35b 4x4)      Mahmudullah    1-0-5-0
H Masakadza    20* (41b 2x4)      Nasir Hossain    2-0-19-0

monzur: "Bangladesh can learn from this innings of Zim that when wicket is helping bowlers then batsman should keep patience like this innings.i think zim will score more than 230 although i expect much less than this.however,Tamim should learn how to play with patience." Shakib brings himself on now

22.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, FOUR, and he goes for a reverse dab right away, flattish one angled in around middle and off, he gets down on the knee early, allows the ball to come on and gets it past short third man, mighty effective

22.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, 1 run, short, too short, not getting up much, rolls his wrists over the pull to get it along the ground to deep midwicket

22.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, another short ball, busy Taibu crouches to swing the pull through square leg

22.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, no run, slows it down and he pushes down the track

22.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, 1 run, goes for the forcing sweep, cannot connect well, gets it over the keeper

22.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, goes deep in the crease to nudge on the leg side, Shakib too short in his opening over

End of over 23 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 83/2 (RR: 3.60)
T Taibu    24* (37b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-8-0
H Masakadza    26* (45b 3x4)      Mahmudullah    1-0-5-0

tim: "Everyone has been critical of both of these teams all series but the fact is that Zimbabwe has been better in every game. They are not in a bad position, in fact if these two stay together for another 15 overs they will be well and truly ahead and could make something around 240, which given their bowling attack's recent form would probably be more than enough."

23.1

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 1 run, full delivery, he drives hard down to long off

23.2

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, 1 run, goes at a length ball with a straight bat and gets it towards long off

23.3

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, tries to work with the turn on the leg side, straight to square leg

23.4

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, bowled fuller and slowly turning in, pushed back off the front foot

23.5

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 1 run, gets down the track, outside the line, and lifts him over midwicket with the turn

23.6

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, tries the reverse dab again, but cannot get it past short third man

End of over 24 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 86/2 (RR: 3.58)
H Masakadza    27* (47b 3x4)      Mahmudullah    2-0-8-0
T Taibu    26* (41b 4x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    1-0-8-0

24.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, FOUR, short, and angled wide down leg, Taibu swivels to swing it wide of short fine leg and gets the boundary as deep square leg cannot get to it, very poor from the captain

24.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, better from Shakib, tossed it up around middle and leg, Taibu makes some room and cracks the drive to long off

24.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Masakadza, 1 run, fuller delivery, eased down to long on

24.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, no run, slows it down as he flights outside off, Taibu gets an inside edge as he goes pushing at it

24.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, no run, walks down the track and tries to nudge past midwicket, cannot gets it beyond him and has to get back in time

24.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, short and turning away, he goes back and cuts hard to sweeper cover

End of over 25 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 93/2 (RR: 3.72)
T Taibu    32* (46b 5x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-15-0
H Masakadza    28* (48b 3x4)      Mahmudullah    2-0-8-0

25.1

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, goes down for the switch hit, but he bowls it wide down leg, not called a wide ultimately as the batsman had changed the grip

25.2

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, pushed back down the track

25.3

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, goes for the conventional sweep now, but there is square leg in place

25.4

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, tucks him up with one hurrying on around middle and leg, he cannot nudge it past midwicket

25.5

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 1 run, makes room and cuts from off stump wide of extra cover

25.6

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, 1 run, whips from deep in the crease, deep midwicket gets quickly to the ball to prevent the second

End of over 26 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 95/2 (RR: 3.65)
H Masakadza    29* (49b 3x4)      Mahmudullah    3-0-10-0
T Taibu    33* (51b 5x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    2-0-15-0

26.1

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, tossed up full around off, driven with the turn to long on

Nasir to bowl offspin now

26.2

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, 2 runs, going straight on outside off, he backs away and dabs it past short third man who fumbles a bit before throwing it back

26.3

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, defended back to the bowler off the front foot

26.4

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, down the track, takes it on the full and gets it to long on

26.5

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, Masakadza brings up the 100 with a push off the front foot to long on

26.6

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, gets forward to nudge towards midwicket but cannot get the single

End of over 27 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 100/2 (RR: 3.70)
T Taibu    36* (55b 5x4)      Nasir Hossain    3-0-24-0
H Masakadza    31* (51b 3x4)      Mahmudullah    3-0-10-0

27.1

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, Rahim belts out a huge appeal for lbw, short and going straight in with the angle, he went back but missed the pull looked to be going down leg

27.2

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, played out to midwicket off the back foot

27.3

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, turning in from outside off, flighted too, he gets forward and defends

27.4

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, tries to make room outside leg, but he follows him with a flat delivery, and he can only push it away

27.5

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, now he bows it much fuller and Masakadza gets forward to nudge on the leg side

27.6

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, maiden over, well bowled, he kept him guessing with variations, this one was pushed through outside off, and he could only dab it away towards short third man

End of over 28 (maiden) Zimbabwe 100/2 (RR: 3.57)
H Masakadza    31* (57b 3x4)      Mahmudullah    4-1-10-0
T Taibu    36* (55b 5x4)      Nasir Hossain    3-0-24-0

28.1

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, pushed away on the off side off the front foot

28.2

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, still cannot get the run, comes down the track, pushes with the turn straight to midwicket

28.3

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, tight ball right around middle and off, this is good stuff, defended off the front foot

28.4

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, FOUR, this time he will get it away, pushed through quicker, but shortish and wide, Taibu quickly backs away and cuts past short third man

28.5

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, down the track and drives to long off, they think about a second but Shafiul gets to the ball in time

28.6

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, eased off the front foot to long on

End of over 29 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 106/2 (RR: 3.65)
H Masakadza    32* (58b 3x4)      Nasir Hossain    4-0-30-0
T Taibu    41* (60b 6x4)      Mahmudullah    4-1-10-0

James: "These 2 have paced the innings really well after a sticky start. Much better recovery than Bangladesh have managed in the 2 previous games. That's probably the kiss of death!"

29.1

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, SIX, that has crashed in to the boards beyond the deep backward square leg boundary, shortish and down the leg side, he bends the knee and swings it hard in the air and gets it all the way

29.2

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, pushed off the back foot to midwicket

29.3

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, 1 run, pushed in the air, but too quickly past the diving bowler

29.4

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, dropped Taibu gets away again, he came down the track, and whipped a fullish one with the turn, it went high straight to midwicket, he hopped in the air, got his hands to it, but it popped out, Bangladesh really not helping themselves with the dropped chances

29.5

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, pushed back down the track

29.6

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, flat one pushed through, played out to midwicket off the back foot

End of over 30 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 113/2 (RR: 3.76)
T Taibu    41* (63b 6x4)      Mahmudullah    5-1-17-0
H Masakadza    39* (61b 3x4 1x6)      Nasir Hossain    4-0-30-0

30.1

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, no run, pushed off the back foot towards midwicket

30.2

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, goes back and hits hard down to long off

30.3

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, backs away but cannot get the cut past point

30.4

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, swept from a fuller length towards square leg, could have been a single

30.5

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, dropped, pushed through quicker, and Taibu gets yet another life as Rahim puts down a thick outside edge, he had gone back to dab it away on the off side, it ran off the edge into RAhim's gloves, and out of them

30.6

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, no run, defended off the front foot down the track

End of over 31 (1 run) Zimbabwe 114/2 (RR: 3.67)
T Taibu    41* (67b 6x4)      Nasir Hossain    5-0-31-0
H Masakadza    40* (63b 3x4 1x6)      Mahmudullah    5-1-17-0

31.1

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, played out with the turn towards midwicket

31.2

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, goes forward and nudges it, but midwicket gets around to it

31.3

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, 1 run, down the track to one full outside off, and drives down to long on

31.4

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 3 runs, another outside edge, Taibu is living dangerously, well bowled, tossed up, he was lured forward for the drive, but the edge went wide of Rahim and fine on the off side, Mahmudullah can't believe his misfortune

31.5

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, 1 run, nudges a quicker one on the leg side and they rush through for the single

31.6

Mahmudullah to Taibu, no run, slows it down and he plays it out in front of square leg

Kyle Jarvis doing some mock bowling in the dressing room

End of over 32 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 119/2 (RR: 3.71)
T Taibu    44* (69b 6x4)      Mahmudullah    6-1-22-0
H Masakadza    42* (67b 3x4 1x6)      Nasir Hossain    5-0-31-0

32.1

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, no run, pushed back down the track off the front foot

32.2

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, 2 runs, the edges are going away from the fielders, he goes down for a sweep, but the top edge flies past short fine leg

32.3

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, no run, keeps out a quicker one on the off side

32.4

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, no run, makes room and goes for a loose drive outside off, beaten

32.5

Nasir Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, nudged in front of square leg for a single

32.6

Nasir Hossain to Taibu, 3 runs, goes down very early on the knee for the reverse sweep, and gets the full delivery past short third man

End of over 33 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 125/2 (RR: 3.78)
T Taibu    47* (70b 6x4)      Nasir Hossain    6-0-37-0
H Masakadza    45* (72b 3x4 1x6)      Mahmudullah    6-1-22-0

Naimul: "Seems like the only way Bangladesh can get a wicket is through an lbw or bowled. Bad fielding." Rubel is back

33.1

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, steers to third man for a single

33.2

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, wide delivery, he rocks back and cuts straight to point

33.3

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, pitched up much fuller, he gets forward and pushes hard, to mid off

33.4

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, stays beside the line and drops it in front of point, and Taibu the livewire charges across for the single

33.5

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, and again, just pushes a fullish one softly in front of mid on, and comes scampering down the track

33.6

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, good short ball, dug in around off, he goes down quickly on a knee as it comes in with the angle

End of over 34 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 128/2 (RR: 3.76)
H Masakadza    46* (76b 3x4 1x6)      Rubel Hossain    6-0-19-1
T Taibu    49* (72b 6x4)      Nasir Hossain    6-0-37-0

safi: "How can you win if you drop 3 catches against 1 batsman! This is really very poor fielding! They are spoiling the decent start. I'm frustrated!"

Nazmul is back after drinks

34.1

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, hangs the bat out and gets a widish one past point to bring up his 50, lots of chances, but it has brought Zimbabwe back, raises his bat to acknowledge the cheers

34.2

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, cracked off the back foot to sweeper cover

34.3

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, FOUR, whoa, that didn't get up much, looked like a slower one, Taibu had lots of time as it sat up outside off, and crunched it past extra cover

34.4

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, they have run well, goes deep in the crease to a length ball coming in, and drops it in front of cover

34.5

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, 2 runs, goes forward and drives a length ball through covers, wide enough of the man in the deep to come back for the second

34.6

Nazmul Hossain to Masakadza, no run, eases forward and pushes a fullish one towards mid off, will have to wait for his 50

End of over 35 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 137/2 (RR: 3.91)
H Masakadza    49* (79b 3x4 1x6)      Nazmul Hossain    7-1-19-0
T Taibu    55* (75b 7x4)      Rubel Hossain    6-0-19-1

35.1

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, gets on top of a bouncing one wide outside off and dabs it to third man

35.2

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, dances down the track, and hits a length ball past extra cover, not in control but he will get the single for his 50, he struggled at the start but to his credit he has dug in, also brings up the 100 stand

35.3

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, another wide ball cut hard but right to point

35.4

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, stays in the crease and dabs softly wide of point for the single

35.5

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, no run, looks to force a length ball away, it is closer to off and he can only push it on the off side

35.6

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, FOUR, Masakadza gets four now, full delivery slung in around middle and leg, and he lifts it with the angle, in to the gap between midwicket and mid on

End of over 36 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 144/2 (RR: 4.00)
H Masakadza    54* (82b 4x4 1x6)      Rubel Hossain    7-0-26-1
T Taibu    57* (78b 7x4)      Nazmul Hossain    7-1-19-0

36.1

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 1 run, nudged off the back foot with the turn past midwicket

36.2

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, no run, straightish back of a length ball, he punches it back to the bowler

36.3

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, 1 run, shortish, flat, on the pads, whipped through square leg

36.4

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 2 runs, width outside off now, he goes back and plays the cut late wide of deep point, and comes scampering back for the second, makes it in time

36.5

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 1 run, tossed up slow outside off, he gets forward to the pitch and eases it past covers

36.6

Mahmudullah to Masakadza, 1 run, driven to long off for another single

End of over 37 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 150/2 (RR: 4.05)
H Masakadza    56* (85b 4x4 1x6)      Mahmudullah    7-1-28-0
T Taibu    61* (81b 7x4)      Rubel Hossain    7-0-26-1

Batting Powerplay taken. Abhishek goes away to do commentary for the SL-Aus game, and this is Nitin Sundar taking over here. Many things happening! This is a top-class recovery from Zimbabwe. Rubel comes on.

37.1

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, fullish length but outside off, Masakadza gets around to off stump line and taps towards point.

37.2

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, full and angling into the pads, Taibu works it to midwicket.

37.3

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, he's looking for the yorkers, and doing pretty well so far. Taibu can't do much with it as it angles in.

37.4

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, FOUR, nicely played this time, Taibu skips across even as the yorker comes in and whips it beautifully through square leg for four.

37.5

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, that's the perfect line, full and angling in late towards the toes. Taibu plays it back tamely.

37.6

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, no run, all said, a very good over this. Taibu gets another yorker and defends it to the off side.

Sewminda: "i have always wondered whether you all are commentating from the ground. Now i know you are watching it on TV" Well deduced ;-)

End of over 38 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 155/2 (RR: 4.07)
T Taibu    65* (86b 8x4)      Rubel Hossain    8-0-31-1
H Masakadza    57* (86b 4x4 1x6)      Mahmudullah    7-1-28-0

Shafiul comes on.

38.1

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, 1 run, angling in towards the pads, Masakadza works it to wide mid-on for a single.

38.2

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, no run, yorker again, Bangladesh are working to a solid plan here. Taibu gets the bat down quickly to keep it out. Single to the leg side.

38.3

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, 1 run, again tight line, nothing to be done with that, Taibu forces it down the ground for one.

38.4

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, 1 run, yorker gone wrong. High full toss on the hips, Masakadza pulls it thouhgh he is caught by surprise. Borderline case for a no-ball for height that.

38.5

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, 1 wide, Taibu skips away, the bowler follows him and it goes down the leg side. Exception from Mushfiqur to stop it from running down to fine leg.

38.5

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, 1 run, another yorker, on middle and off, Taibu taps it towards point for one.

38.6

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, 1 run, another top-drawer yorker. Comes in late, and Masakadza can't do much but defend in hope. Inside edged to the leg side and Taibu scurries through.

End of over 39 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 161/2 (RR: 4.12)
H Masakadza    60* (89b 4x4 1x6)      Shafiul Islam    9-2-30-1
T Taibu    67* (89b 8x4)      Rubel Hossain    8-0-31-1

39.1

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, full and angling in, the Powerplay is going Bangladesh's way here. Masa heaves it to the leg side for a single.

39.2

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, a rare offering of width outside off, Taibu cuts it away to point and they get a single

SL v Aus in Hambatota is being watched by some 25 people. Zim-Bangla here is being watched by a lively, boisterous crowd. Cricket is alive and kicking!

39.3

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, length goes wrong from Rubel, and Masa latches on with a heaved pull over midwicket. He can't find the gap though, and gets a single.

39.4

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, slower ball outside off, Taibu gyuides it through point for a single.

39.5

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, he's denying Masakadza any room at all outside off, and Rahim again does superbly to cut off the second.

39.6

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, stunning yorker, Taibu blocks and runs.

End of over 40 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 167/2 (RR: 4.17)
T Taibu    70* (92b 8x4)      Rubel Hossain    9-0-36-1
H Masakadza    62* (92b 4x4 1x6)      Shafiul Islam    9-2-30-1

40.1

Shafiul Islam to Taibu, 1 run, another one near the blockhole, he makes room to thump it down the ground, gets an inside edge on to pad

40.2

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, 2 runs, hit straight down the track and in to the non-striker's stumps, ricochets away

40.3

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, another yorker, this is superb stuff, he digs it out to the bowler

40.4

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, no run, shuffles across outside off and tries to go down on the knee and lap him fine on the leg side, misses the one angled down leg, appeal for caught behind turned down

40.5

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, SIX, that will disappear, he gets one in the slot, has to get the yorker wrong some time, not full enough and Masakadza gets under it to send it soaring over wide long on

40.6

Shafiul Islam to Masakadza, 1 run, slower short delivery, he is surprised initially but then recovers to work it square on the leg side

End of over 41 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 177/2 (RR: 4.31)
H Masakadza    71* (97b 4x4 2x6)      Shafiul Islam    10-2-40-1
T Taibu    71* (93b 8x4)      Rubel Hossain    9-0-36-1

41.1

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 1 run, searing yorker homing in on leg stump, he gets leg out of the way and brings the bat down in time, that one moved in late in the air as it was slung in from wide of the crease

41.2

Rubel Hossain to Taibu, 1 run, fullish one around middle and leg, he shuffles to push it softly past the bowler

41.3

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, 2 runs, there goes Masakadza through midwicket again, uses the angle on the full delivery to hammer it past midwicket

41.4

Rubel Hossain to Masakadza, OUT, got 'em, Rubel uproots the leg stump, full delivery slanted in, Masakadza makes room to go over the off side, misses the swing, and the Rubel hits, finally the stand has been broken

H Masakadza b Rubel Hossain 74 (145m 100b 4x4 2x6) SR: 74.00

41.5

Rubel Hossain to Ervine, no run, gets forward and across to push one going across him to mid off

41.6

Rubel Hossain to Ervine, 1 run, that is a superb run from Taibu, Ervine was not going to go for it as he dabbed a rising delivery to the right of point, but Taibu willed him on and rocketed through to the danger end

End of over 42 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 182/3 (RR: 4.33)
CR Ervine    1* (2b)      Rubel Hossain    10-0-41-2
T Taibu    72* (94b 8x4)      Shafiul Islam    10-2-40-1

42.1

Mahmudullah to Ervine, no run, gets down the track, but is hit on the pad as he gets too close to the pitch

42.2

Mahmudullah to Ervine, 1 run, wide delivery carved through point off the back foot, brings Taibu on strike

Jackson: ""Masakadza" means "damage" and the damage had already been done."

42.3

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 2 runs, short and hurrying straight on, he goes back to guide it through point, and comes back for the second with ease

42.4

Mahmudullah to Taibu, 1 run, dabbed towards point for a single

42.5

Mahmudullah to Ervine, no run, pushed away on the off side

42.6

Mahmudullah to Ervine, SIX, Ervine down the track now, and he gets maximum, to the pitch of a fullish one and lofting with the turn over extra cover, that has gone all the way, some timing that

End of over 43 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 192/3 (RR: 4.46)
CR Ervine    8* (6b 1x6)      Mahmudullah    8-1-38-0
T Taibu    75* (96b 8x4)      Rubel Hossain    10-0-41-2

Shakib has come back finally

43.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, tosses it up on middle and leg, he eases it down to long on

43.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Ervine, 1 run, goes for the sweep on a bent knee, and it flies to the right of short fine leg

43.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, shortish one guided off the back foot through covers

43.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Ervine, no run, Ervine is swinging at almost everything now, just a bit of air, and he tries to whack it down the ground, inside edge on to pad

43.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Ervine, 1 run, gets a low full toss past the bowler

43.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 2 runs, fine diving stop by long on, parries the ball to long off who is close by, Taibu had eased down the track and timed the straight drive well

End of over 44 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 198/3 (RR: 4.50)
T Taibu    79* (99b 8x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-21-0
CR Ervine    10* (9b 1x6)      Mahmudullah    8-1-38-0

44.1

Mahmudullah to Ervine, 2 runs, down the track, not in control but gets the swing away wide of deep midwicket to bring up the 200, for the first time in this series

44.2

Mahmudullah to Ervine, 2 runs, over extra cover this time, uses the feet, gets around one darted in and lifts it inside out

44.3

Mahmudullah to Ervine, FOUR, not much chance for short fine leg, he had walked across and cracked the sweep from leg stump, short fine leg dived to his right as it flew in the air but it was too quick

44.4

Mahmudullah to Ervine, OUT, gone this time, Ervine abandons the crease again, but Mahmudullah drags it a touch short and angles it across slowly, he tries to drive through extra cover but is beaten by the turn, and Rahim has an easy stumping

CR Ervine st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mahmudullah 18 (11m 13b 1x4 1x6) SR: 138.46

Daniel: "So refreshing to see a mature, well structured innings with players not loosing their heads. Welcome to the new Zimbabwe."

44.5

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 2 runs, nudged with the turn towards square leg, Rahim gets there and fires in a wild throw at the non-striker;s end

44.6

Mahmudullah to Chigumbura, 1 run, easy single, shortish and turning in, he works it towards square leg

End of over 45 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 209/4 (RR: 4.64)
E Chigumbura    3* (2b)      Mahmudullah    9-1-49-1
T Taibu    79* (99b 8x4)      Shakib Al Hasan    3-0-21-0

Five overs to go, can they get to 250?

45.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 run, darted in full and whipped down to long on

45.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, takes a flat delivery from middle stump and guides it in front of point

45.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run, short but hurries in with the angle, pushes off the back foot towards extra cover

45.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 bye, whoa, that is just hurled in very full and wide, even Rahim is surprised and lets it slip through

45.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Taibu, 1 run, pushes for another single on the off side

45.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 1 run, forced off the back foot through covers

End of over 46 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 214/4 (RR: 4.65)
E Chigumbura    5* (6b)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-25-0
T Taibu    81* (101b 8x4)      Mahmudullah    9-1-49-1

Charbel: "While Zimbabwe have played well, it will be interesting to see how they perform against an attack in the future where they won't be expecting too many bad balls.. They can be patient here knowing a bad ball is just around the corner against Bangladesh."

Nazmul is back now

46.1

Nazmul Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, slower one on the stumps first up, he is surprised and survives with an inside edge on to pad

46.2

Nazmul Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, dropped how many have gone down today, simple take at deep midwicket, but the substitute Shuvo made a mess of it, ran too much to his left and then saw the ball going over his right shoulder, it was another slower one, and elton had tried to create some pace on his own by walking down the track and pulling in the air

46.3

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, 2 runs, low full toss clipped off the pads through midwicket, Taibu does what he has been doing all day, he zooms back for the second

46.4

Nazmul Hossain to Taibu, OUT, and out of nowhere, they pull off a stunner, Taibu is gone, big wicket, it was a high full toss whipped away wide of long leg where Rubel made good ground, dived forward to take it low, and then went scrambling along the ground

T Taibu c Rubel Hossain b Nazmul Hossain 83 (136m 103b 8x4 0x6) SR: 80.58

46.5

Nazmul Hossain to Chigumbura, no run, bangs in the short ball wide of the batsman, he is surprised and does not go after it

46.6

Nazmul Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, in the blockhole, squeezed away towards extra cover, can't do anything else with it

End of over 47 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 218/5 (RR: 4.63)
E Chigumbura    7* (10b)      Nazmul Hossain    8-1-23-1
F Mutizwa    0* (0b)      Shakib Al Hasan    4-0-25-0

47.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, SIX, that has gone, Shakib serves it up full and wide, Elton gets to it and smashes it high over extra cover

47.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run, swings hard off the front foot but finds extra cover

47.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 2 runs, darted in to the pads on a length, worked towards long on, who is a touch slow in getting towards it, and they take the second as well

47.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, no run, fired in full and very wide outside off stump, testing the umpire, but he gets away

47.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, 2 runs, down the track and lifted past midwicket for another couple

47.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, SIX, that has disappeared, Elton really hits them a long way when he can, touch short, angled in, sitting up, he rocks back very quickly and slams the pull well over deep midwicket

End of over 48 (16 runs) Zimbabwe 234/5 (RR: 4.87)
E Chigumbura    23* (16b 2x6)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-41-0
F Mutizwa    0* (0b)      Nazmul Hossain    8-1-23-1

48.1

Nazmul Hossain to Mutizwa, 1 run, around the blockhole right away, but he manages to squeeze it down the ground

48.2

Nazmul Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 wide, sprays it very wide outside the off stump

Hugh: "Again we see why Bangladesh aren't ready to challenge the top teams. When you have your foot on the opponent's throat, you cannot let it off."

48.2

Nazmul Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, full toss outside off, he tries to get under it but smacks it straight towards long off

Wasim: "It is refreshing to see Zimbabwe performing like they used to in good old days, albeit against Bangladesh. One step at a time you know."

48.3

Nazmul Hossain to Mutizwa, 1 run, full delivery, he shuffles across and nudges it behind square leg to get off strike, well done

48.4

Nazmul Hossain to Chigumbura, 2 runs, fine stop around deep square leg, it was a slower one sitting up around middle and leg, Elton had launched in to a violent pull, but the man in the deep ran hard to his right and dived to stop the ball, which had slowed down a touch

48.5

Nazmul Hossain to Chigumbura, FOUR, another cracking pull, Elton is ensuring Zimbabwe hurtle beyond that 250 mark, shortish one and he cracks it wide of the man in the deep at squre leg this time

48.6

Nazmul Hossain to Chigumbura, 1 run, takes the single to keep strike for the last over

End of over 49 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 245/5 (RR: 5.00)
E Chigumbura    31* (20b 1x4 2x6)      Nazmul Hossain    9-1-34-1
F Mutizwa    2* (2b)      Shakib Al Hasan    5-0-41-0

Shakib persists with himself for the final over

49.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Chigumbura, OUT, and gets a wicket off a high full toss outside off, Elton cannot get under it as he swings hard, and for once a catch is taken, at long off

E Chigumbura c Rubel Hossain b Shakib Al Hasan 31 (21m 21b 1x4 2x6) SR: 147.61

49.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Mutizwa, OUT, two in two for Shakib, darted in on a length with the angle from wide of the crease, straightening around off stump, and hitting him in front of off as he missed the sweep, given right away

F Mutizwa lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 2 (11m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Cameron: "Dont think anyone expected 250 from zimbabwe after their first 10 or so overs."

49.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Jarvis, no run, slaps a shortish one straight to cover off the back foot and has to hurry back as the throw comes in

49.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Jarvis, 1 run, hit down to long on for a single, this is turning out to be a good last over for Bangladesh

49.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Utseya, 2 runs, gets this one away over midwicket, comes down the track, is away from the pitch but manages to swing it in to the gap

Kandarp: "Nice to see good old Chigumbura. I was fan of his aggressive batting which was somehow missing during his captaincy."

49.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Utseya, 2 runs, Zimbabwe get to that 250 mark with another couple of runs, Utseya hits straight down the ground, and they scamper back in time

Zimbabwe were 39 for 2 in the 14th over, having lost the man in form, Vusi Sibanda. They recovered through a big stand between Taibu and Masakadza, who shrugged off a scratchy start. Bangladesh helped by dropping numerous catches, and Elton capitalised to propel his side to a challenging total. Join us in a while for the chase.

Taibu: "Nice to spend some time at the crease. Harare always helps the bowlers early on, but it was good to pitch in to set a platform for Elton."

Tim: "@Luke, I think Bradman would have something to say about that if he was still around."

Luke: "Think it's an established fact now, being captain makes you a worse batsman. If the examples of Lara, Tendulkar and Ponting aren't enough now we have Chigumbura too!"

End of over 50 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 250/7
P Utseya    4* (2b)      Shakib Al Hasan    6-0-46-2
KM Jarvis    1* (2b)      Nazmul Hossain    9-1-34-1
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Aug 16, 2011

Zimbabwe on a lap of honour after securing the ODI series against Bangladesh with two matches left to play, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Harare, August 16, 2011

Zimbabwe on a lap of honour after securing the ODI series against Bangladesh

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Aug 16, 2011

Zimbabwe celebrate their win in the third ODI, a result which secured them a 3-0 series victory with two matches left to play, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 3rd ODI, Harare, August 16, 2011

Zimbabwe celebrate their win in the third ODI

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